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The Queen arrives at the track on the 3rd Day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 17, 2010 in Ascot, England. (Julian Herbert/Getty Images)
The Queen arrives at the track on the 3rd Day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 17, 2010 in Ascot, England. (Julian Herbert/Getty Images)

Queen could disappear from UK stamps if Royal Mail is sold Add to ...

The British government plans to liaise with Buckingham Palace after it emerged that Queen Elizabeth's head could disappear from stamps as part of plans to sell off the Royal Mail.

The coalition government plans to sell up to 90 per cent of the state-owned letter delivery business.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said in September that a foreign company could acquire Royal Mail.

Although there was provision in legislation to protect the Royal family brand, there is nothing specific preventing whoever runs the Royal Mail in future from dropping the Royal head.

"I think it's very unlikely they would because, after all, it's a very powerful brand," he told BBC television. "We'll talk to the palace about whether any further changes need to be made."

The monarch's head has appeared on every British postage stamp since their invention in 1840, the Mail on Sunday newspaper said.

 

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